Ephs open home slate with 16-0, 15-1 sweep of SVC

Ephs open home slate with 16-0, 15-1 sweep of SVC

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Thirty-one runs and thirty-three hits in eight innings helped the Williams College softball team open its home slate in style Friday as the Ephs swept Southern Vermont College, 16-0 and 15-1.

Both games went five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.

Williams improved to 6-12 while SVC fell to 1-8 overall. Williams is off until next Friday against Wesleyan at 4:30 p.m.

In the opener, Ally Ensor and Kaitlin Dinet were each 4 for 4 while Theresa Legan went 3 for 3 to pace a 19-hit attack. The Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ensor rocketed a double to center and scored when Dinet blooped a single to right.

The Ephs scraped together a couple of runs in the third. With one out Priscilla Pino singled and advanced to second on a groundout. She then stole third and scored on a throwing error. Legan followed with a single and sped to third when Taylor Donze beat out an infield single, scoring on a throwing error.

The Ephs put together an eight-run third inning that put the game away. Ensor opened the frame by launching a solo home run to right field. Later in the frame, she hit a laser off the center-field fence for a two-run double. Dinet scored her to end the uprising.

From the circle, Emma Harrington and Megan Casey combined on a one-hitter, striking out 10. Harrington gave up one hit and one walk while striking out six. Casey went two frames and allowed no hits or walks while striking out four.

Sophomore Emalie Rott got the start and the win in the nightcap, going five frames and allowed two hits and one walk. She allowed just a single unearned run in the victory.

SVC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Katie Raymond reached on an error, advanced to third on two groundouts and scored on a wild pitch.

But the Ephs answered with four in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-1 lead. Donze led off with a single and stole second. She scored from second when Melissa Cendejas popped up to right but the Mountaineers second baseman and right fielder collided, allowing Donze to score all the way from second.

Ensor followed with a walk and Dinet broke the tie with a two-run home run that easily cleared the fence in left field. First-year Kacey Cramer followed with a line drive home run over the fence in center for a 4-1 lead.

Williams exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away. The Ephs loaded the bases and Dinet was hit by a pitch to force home a run. Cramer followed with a grand slam home run on another laser shot to center, nearly a carbon copy of her home run an inning earlier.

Donze and Pino had RBI-singles later in the frame before Casey came on as a pinch-hitter a line an RBI-single to right. Merrilee Weston had a pinch-hit two-run double down the left-field line as well.

Cramer was 2 for 4 with two homers and five RBI. Erika Li was 3 for 3 with a run scored. Legan was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Dinet was 1 for 2 with three RBI. Ensor had three walks.